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National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key

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The National Key Deer Refuge is a 8542acre National Wildlife Refuge located on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida.The refuge is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White-tailed deer that is endemic to the Florida Keys and has a current population of around 800 animals. 21 other threatened and endangered species of plants and animals are also found on the refuge, which includes 2400acre of upland forests, 5100acre of wetlands, and 1050acre of marsh. 2278acre of the refuge have been designated as a wilderness area.Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Great White Heron NWR, and Key West NWR are administered by the National Key Deer Refuge.
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  • We drove around and stopped at blue hole. Saw lots of deer. Super pretty to look at. Went around 5-6 ish in the evening.  more »
  • These are such cute little deer. Seem to be quite used to people as some are in residential areas lounging in the shade of trees on the lawns of beautiful homes. Some even seem to pose for you while y...  more »
  • It was so adorable to see these miniature deer. I saw a baby, couldn't have been more than a foot and a half tall. They are so cute. If you see any, be careful, don't approach, and don't feed them. Ke...  more »
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  • This location is actually the administration office. Search for the visitors center or the Blue Hole if you are looking for some place to start. The actual Key Deer Refuge was cool though!
  • Took us FOREVER to find the Visitor Center- yes, it is in the strip mall. The volunteer behind the counter was very nice but the signage at the trailheads she suggested were not easy to find. We did find the Blue Hole and we're lucky enough to see two alligators. L
  • Key deer are a must see when in the Keys. Very unique to the area.
  • Cool to see the little deer and alligators. Best of all, it's free
  • Nice little place, mostly run by volunteers. You can get some good information here.